PF Chang Frozen Dinner Entree/ Shrimp Lo Meinj
When PF Chang the restaurant opened up across the country, it was a huge success. The atmosphere was beautiful, customer service was professional and the staff were well trained in selling the menu.
For Asian American restaurant, the corporation did their homework. They developed a great reputation for food quality so, why not try their pre-packaged frozen foods at home? With Covid running rampant, it would be the logical decision to buy their foods at my local supermarket.
Well, I did try their frozen foods, specifically the Shrimp Lo Mein and the Honey Chicken. Here is my review of these 2 dishes:
Shrimp Lo Mein:
We are always attracted by the picture on the package, no matter if its done as a marketing ploy by a professional photographer. His job is to make the picture so delicious, it has to make the American Consumer salivate. It did with me. The ingredients included shrimp, shitake mushroom and bok choy. Interesting ingredients because shrimp is very expensive and shitake mushroom as well.
The directions were easy, heat non stick pan, add a little oil and empty the package in the pan. The noodles were extremely thin and as the heat defrosted the sauce, there was a lot of sauce, I mean alot of sauce. I tasted the sauce and to my amazement it was undeniably very sweet. I did notice some slivers of carrots, the shrimp were tiny, when I say tiny TINY!, but I was looking for the bok choy, moving the noodles around and saw a strand of what might be bok choy. As for the Shitake mushroom, also a sliver of mushroom. When I say sliver, there wasn't enough to give some semblance of flavor? The sweetness overpowered the dish but there was so much sauce, it really wasn't Lo mein like all of us know. The noodles, let's put it this way, you'd get more noodle substance in a bag of ramen noodles.
If your a Diabetic, stay away, your blood sugar would go through the roof and they should have a warning label to inform of high sugar content.
For the price, well it was inexpensive, but no value.
Since I have cooked all my life, this was an example of hitting certain buttons to make a sale. Sweetness always sells, convenience and price.
The shrimp were tiny, no flavor, instead of tiny baby shrimp they could have added a couple of nice size 16-20 shrimp, more noodles, alot of bok choy and instead of shitake mushrooms, maybe white mushrooms instead. The sauce provided was to purposely cook the noodles and provide moisture to the dish? Where was the soy sauce or salty flavor?
In all, PF Chang's frozen entree was terrible, absolutely terrible. When they are a huge corporation, this is the result that churn out? It's an emabrassment.
On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being excellent, I give the PF Chang Frozen Meal and _-100), yes a minus 100!!!
You'd bebetter off going to your local take out restaurant for real Shrimp Lo Mein!
The next dish will be PF Chang's Honey Chicken. Stay Tuned
By Chef Woo Can
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